If your teeth aren’t bothering you, do you really need regular teeth cleaning appointments? The short answer is, yes. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once a year to get a professional teeth cleaning. If you have periodontal issues, your dentist may recommend teeth cleanings more often. So even if you have healthy teeth, cleanings should be an essential part of your oral care routine.
At your appointment, professional tools are used to thoroughly cleanse beneath, above and within pockets of the gums to get rid of plaque. But what if you brush and floss every day? Although brushing and flossing is important, there are areas in your mouth that are difficult to clean yourself. Cleanings effectively remove plaque, which can become serious, and expensive, if left untreated.
But the benefits of regular teeth cleanings don’t stop there. A dental cleaning often helps spot certain health issues. When teeth and gums are thoroughly examined, the dentist is able to screen for cancer and can often spot other medical problems. This is important, as early detection is best for successful treatment.
As with any preventive care, teeth cleanings will actually save money on future dental costs. Taking care of your teeth now, can help avoid costly procedures down the road. For example, professional teeth cleanings can help prevent cavities and stop tooth loss.
Also, removing plaque and bacteria, your breath can instantly improve, especially if the cause is due to periodontal problems. Dental cleanings can also whiten your teeth by effectively removing stains.
Best of all, your Dental Select insured dental plan will cover your cleanings twice a year, meaning you won’t have to pay out of pocket. So what are you waiting for? Schedule a cleaning with your dentist, start protecting your oral health and put a halt to gum disease today.